While most residents dread the snow storm that hit New York City at the end of January, one man found it as the best time to start a rather bizarre way to make some bucks.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, resident Patrick Horton built an igloo on his private backyard and put it upon Airbnb, renting it for $200 a night.
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The igloo was included on Airbnb’s rental listing but did not stay longer than six hours after the company deleted it due to some safety concerns, saying people just couldn’t stay inside a snow cave for a night. There was also legal dubitation about charging the customers for it.
Even though it was short-lived, people in the area found it amusing to see what could have been a possible tourist attraction in the neighborhood.
“Built completely by hand all natural. Come experience this chic dome-style bungalow with Bae,” describes the listing for the one-bedroom igloo. It says it is air-conditioned and even boasts WiFi, a space huge enough for two, and air conditioning. It added that the igloo had a dryer and a washer, which somehow baffled those who saw the listing.
Patrick, together with his roommates Justin Seeley and Griffin Jones, admitted the they had planned building the igloo even before Storm Jonas blanketed their place in snow.
His job as a freelance art director helped him so much in planning the impeccable structure of the igloo. They piled an eight-foot snow and let it freeze overnight, then spent three more hours the next day to dig it out.
All that was inside the igloo was a pile of pillows and blankets, which means there’s literally nothing you can do in it but to sleep, enough said. Patrick explained that the previously stated amenities such as washer, bathroom, and dryer were accessible inside their apartment.
Patrick was able to receive five requests for the igloo rental before Airbnb took it down. The site had sent a message to him before it was removed, which read,
My name is Dustón, and I work with the Airbnb Trust and Safety Team. I am contacting you regarding your new listing the “Boutique Winter Igloo for 2.”
We are happy to see that you guys are busy and having fun during the Blizpocalypse. Unfortunately, your igloo, while very well constructed, has failed to meet our occupancy standards and has been removed from search results.